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Nancy Duffy, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE

Title: Director of Undergraduate Programs, Associate Professor

Joined MUSC: 2004

Hometown: Toledo, OH

Describe your work:

It never ends! Its different everyday! I might write a simulation, work on test questions, track a concept through the curriculum, work on a grant, brainstorm with faculty, obtain accreditation data for learning outcomes….I have a plan every day its just that the plan may get placed on hold while a higher priority lands on my desk. Its just another version of nursing and you better be flexible and quick to laugh.

What is your primary nursing interest?

Patient care in the Emergency Dept.  My brain still assures me I can manage a busy shift in the ED. I’m just not sure my back would agree.
Student success through admission, progression, graduation and stateboard exam for RN licensure. There is just nothing more gratifying than watching students receive their diploma especially if the road was bumpy.

What was the major influence in choosing nursing as a career?

Honestly, there was no life Iong dream, no nurse kits from Santa, or a family full of nurses. I was a 70’s college freshman and the choices were basically teacher, nurse, guidance counselor or social worker. I had been a candy striper and just figured if I could take temperatures and pass out fresh water, I’d give nursing a shot. Fortunately, it’s been a great fit and I now have a family full of nurses.  I keep in touch with people from every job I’ve ever had. And I have had the good fortune in all of my positions to laugh a lot.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?

If it doesn’t feel right…. its not….and you’d better speak up before its too late.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

I would like to become a book editor and let someone pay me to read and critique their work. And there’s always being a Wal-Mart Greeter. How enjoyable to interact, have fun, yet minimal responsibility.

What sound or noise do you love?

The sound of a train whistle in the night and my grandson laughing.